I have seen Americans who didn't seem to be Hare Krishnas get Hindu priests to perform sacraments for the success of their business. Are Hindu priests allowed to do this according to scriptures?

  • sacraments is a Christian term. What do you mean? – Swami Vishwananda Feb 16 '18 at 4:16
  • it means- Initiation, Samsakaras.. @SwamiVishwananda but in the context OP probably meant doing rituals/puja. – Rickross Feb 16 '18 at 6:10
  • Are u asking whether Hindu priests can do Pujas for the non-Hindus? @@SK – Rickross Feb 16 '18 at 6:11
  • rituals,puja,yagnas,japam etc. – S K Feb 16 '18 at 11:59
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    Dharma is for the entire humanity. The only reason why a non-Hindu can be denied puja is given in Gita 18.67 or in this shloka: 'These teachings are not to be imparted to persons who are wicked, haughty, barbarous, foul in conduct, hypocritical, given to sensuous indulgences, interested exclusively in their worldly concerns, who are without devotion to Me or who persecute My devotees.' Srimad Bhagavata Purana III.32.39-40... – Pradip Gangopadhyay Feb 16 '18 at 13:11

The Brahmins who officiate as priests for the Sudras are condemned in the scriptures..

See the following verses from the Manu Smriti:

11.42. Those who, obtaining wealth from Sudras, (and using that) offer an Agnihotra, are priests officiating for Sudras, (and hence) censured among those who recite the Veda.

11.43. Treading with his foot on the heads of those fools who worship a fire (kindled at the expense) of a Sudra, the giver (of the wealth) shall always pass over his miseries (in the next world).

Similar things are said in other scriptures as well. Like the Vashishta Dharma Sutras 15.21 says:

A man who has divulged the Veda or officiated at a Sudra’s sacrifice, and those who have fallen from the rank of the highest class––for them the rite of overturning the water pot should be performed. slave, a son from a wife of a lower caste, or a relative of a lower class lacking good qualities should fetch a broken pot from a heap of unusable pots; spread on the ground some Darbha grass or Lohita grass with their tips cut off; and overturn the pot filled with water with his left foot for that person. 13 And his relatives, their hair dishevelled, should touch the man who overturned the pot. They may then return home as they wish, turning their left side towards that place

Now, assuming the American is not a Hindu living as that country's citizen, such an act will obviously not be allowed.. Because, the American won't be included in the 4-class Hindu Varna system.

So, when officiating for the Sudra is condemned what to say about officiating for one who does not even belong to the Varna-system?

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  • it makes me cringe to see "sudra,sudra,sudra.....". At any rate my question was only about non-Hindus, who I guess would not have a caste. Now at the Srirangam temple, a Muslim (tulukka nachiyar) has a sanctum, so I guess non-Hindus can be worshiped. @rickross – S K Feb 16 '18 at 12:19
  • I asked in the spirit of inclusion and you answered in the spirit of exclusion. due to internet, the prayer to vishnu from narayaneeyam to cure disease has spread to non Hindus @rickross – S K Feb 16 '18 at 12:25
  • Everyone can be included in Hinduism.. irrespective of anything.. the Tantras shows us the way... a prime example would be Sir John Woodruffe.. But there is no scope for such inclusions in the Vedic religion.. " it makes me cringe to see" -- I can not really help.. we have to answer with quotes from scriptures and they will have such verses..all scriptures have them.. " would not have a caste." Yes they will be regarded as Varna Sankaras or Mlecchas.. so, priests officiating for them for money won't be allowed.. @SK – Rickross Feb 16 '18 at 15:13
  • "I asked in the spirit of inclusion and you answered in the spirit of exclusion" Then you did not make that clear.. that's why i did ask for clarification under ur Q before posting the answer.. If ur Q is "Is there a way by which a desirous non Hindu can be part of Hinduism?" then the answer will be Yes.. He can belong to Hinduism by the power of Tantrik Diksha Samskara.. @SK But ur current Q is "Can a Hindu priest perform rituals for some Non Hindus for money" Then No as per scriptures.. – Rickross Feb 16 '18 at 15:16
  • A hindu can walk into a christian church, listen to the service and partake of the wine and holy wafer. There is no conversion, nothing - he briefly receives Christian blessing and walks out. I was asking can something similar be done within Hinduism. @rickross – S K Feb 16 '18 at 15:21

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